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WASPI's is (mostly) a campaign for inequality

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  • Hugh Pemberton
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)510-516
Number of pages7
JournalPolitical Quarterly
Issue number3
Early online date10 Mar 2017
DateAccepted/In press - 31 Jan 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print - 10 Mar 2017
DatePublished (current) - 11 Aug 2017


Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) has mounted a vociferous campaign for full compensation to be given to ‘1950s women’ who, WASPI argues, have suffered severe financial hardship as a result of the rise in their state pension age from age 60. That campaign has gained significant political traction, with much sympathy expressed for the plight of those affected and acceptance (most notably by the Scottish National Party and the Labour Party) that some form compensation is urgently needed. But WASPI fails to acknowledge the roots of the rise in state pensions age in the fight for women’s equality, disregards the fact that the problems experienced by this cohort as they near retirement are faced by both women and men, and glosses over the fact that the increase in pension age above 65 applies to both genders equally. Its campaign obscures deeper and more important issues in old-age income replacement

    Research areas

  • UK Pensions History, Old Age Pensions, UK State Pension, Gender equality, Intergenerational equity

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